24.2163, Books: Grammatical Variation in British English Dialects: Szmrecsanyi

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From: Joyce Reid [jreid at cambridge.org]
Subject: Grammatical Variation in British English Dialects: Szmrecsanyi

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Title: Grammatical Variation in British English Dialects 
Subtitle: A Study in Corpus-Based Dialectometry 
Series Title: Studies in English Language  

Publication Year: 2012 
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Book URL: http://www.cambridge.org/gb/knowledge/isbn/item6878504/?site_locale=en_GB 


Author: Benedikt Szmrecsanyi

Electronic: ISBN:  9781139786164 Pages: 227 Price: U.S. $ 76.00
Hardback: ISBN:  9781107003453 Pages: 227 Price: U.K. £ 60.00


Abstract:

Variation within the English language is a vast research area, of which
dialectology, the study of geographic variation, is a significant part. This
book explores grammatical differences between British English dialects,
drawing on authentic speech data collected in over 30 counties. In doing so it
presents a new approach known as 'corpus-based dialectometry', which focuses
on the joint quantitative measurement of dozens of grammatical features to
gauge regional differences. These features include, for example, multiple
negation (e.g. don't you make no damn mistake), non-standard verbal-s (e.g. so
I says, What have you to do?), or non-standard weak past tense and past
participle forms (e.g. they knowed all about these things). Utilizing
state-of-the-art dialectometrical analysis and visualization techniques, the
book is original both in terms of its fundamental research question ('What are
the large-scale patterns of grammatical variability in British English
dialects?') and in terms of its methodology.

Contents

1. Introduction
2. Data and methods
3. The feature catalogue
4. Surveying the forest
5. Is morphosyntactic variability gradient? Exploring dialect continua
6. Classification: the dialect area scenario
7. Back to the features
8. Summary and discussion
9. Outlook and concluding remarks
 



Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics
                     Text/Corpus Linguistics

Subject Language(s): English (eng)


Written In: English  (eng)

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